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Spring Nor’easter Dumps More Than 2 Inches Of Rain In Most Areas

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The Tri-state area is drying out after a slow-moving coastal storm delivered much-needed rain to the region.

A flood watch for New York City, Long Island and the Lower Hudson Valley was lifted around 4 a.m. Monday after wind and heavy rain lashed the Tri-state overnight, drenching roads and flooding streets.

The forecast for the rest of the day calls for isolated showers. Temperatures will be in the mid to upper 50s.

The super soaking comes after weeks of bone-dry weather that fueled brush fires from Suffolk County to the Meadowlands.

1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan reports

New York City saw record rainfall overnight, with 2.87 inches in Central Park, according to National Weather Service.  This breaks the old record of 1.8 inches set in 1969.

The Sunday storm caused plenty of disruptions. Major League Baseball postponed games in Boston, New York and Washington and the scheduled arrival of the space shuttle Enterprise in New York City was also pushed back.

In New Jersey, there are unofficial rain totals of little more than 2 and a half inches in Howell, 2 inches in Trenton and more than an inch and three-quarters in Mount Holly.

Utility crews are dealing with scattered power outages, with about 317 customers affected statewide.

On Long Island, a huge tree toppled onto the street in Mastic Beach and drivers had to navigate water-logged roads in Happauge.

WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane reports

MTA officials also kept a close eye on the storm and brought in extra crews on the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North for the morning rush in case of flooding or if debris needs to be cleared from the tracks.

They’re also reminding commuters that station stairs and platforms may be slippery.

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